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El Presidente Diaz al Señor Edison


Published 1909
Topics Oldtime


El Presidente Diaz al Señor Edison
Spoken by: Porfirio Diaz, President of the Republic of Mexico
Location: Mexico
Recording date: c. August 1909
Record format: Edison Gold Moulded cylinder
Release number: 20315
Release date: December 1909
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 39847


Source National Park Service
Run time 1:56

Reviews

Reviewer: sgahistory - - May 1, 2013
Subject: Spanish transcription and translation to English
Narrator: Response from General Porfirio Diaz, President of the Mexican Republic, to a letter from Mr. Tomas A. Edison.

Diaz: Chapultepec, August 15, 1909.

Mr. Tomas A Edison, esteemed and good friend: I refer to your welcome on the 8th of July. I also, like you, remember with pleasure when I was glad to meet you and your adventurous experiments, making me part of your unbreakable faith in the graceful advance of empirical science. It was there in your country, in the first days of electric lighting in New York, and since then I perceived you were a talented hero, a champion of hard work, and the one that will discipline the fire torn from the heavens by [Benjamin] Franklin to perpetuate here on earth your wonderful phonographic equipment – the charming voice of loved ones reproducing every rhythm, every accent, and every modulation of human language. I am happy to oblige you because I strongly respect the biggest benefactors of humanity, and you are one of them, because you have created new sources of happiness, wellbeing and richness for all humanity using the most powerful forces known: light, electricity, labor, and genius. Your friend, who proudly extends his hand, Porfirio Diaz.

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Narrator: Contestación que el Sr. General Porfirio Díaz, Presidente de la República Mexicana, da a una carta del señor Tomás A. Edison.

Diaz: Chapultepec, agosto 15 de 1909.

Sr. Tomás A Edison, estimado y buen amigo: Me refiero a su grata 8 de julio. Yo también como usted recuerdo con placer el tiempo aquel en que tuve la satisfacción de conocerle y conocer sus atrevidos experimentos, haciéndome partícipe de su fe inquebrantable en el grandioso porvenir de la ciencia empírica. Fue allá en su patria, en los primeros días de la luz eléctrica en nueva york, y desde entonces presentí en usted al héroe del talento, al triunfador del trabajo, al que más tarde habría de someter a disciplina el fuego arrebatado por Franklin a los cielos para perpetuar acá en la tierra en sus maravillosos aparatos fonográficos la cariñosa voz de los seres amados reproduciendo todos los ritmos, todos los acentos y todas las modulaciones del lenguaje humano. Me es grato complacerle porque tengo en muy alta estimación a los grandes benefactores de la humanidad, y usted es uno de ellos, porque usted ha creado nuevas fuentes de felicidad, de bienestar y de riqueza para el género humano utilizando las más poderosas fuerzas conocidas: luz, electricidad, trabajo y genio. Su amigo, que con orgullo estrecha su mano, Porfirio Díaz.
Reviewer: lmuia - - June 30, 2005
Subject: Translation (Approximate)
A translation to english of the text, however language used by Diaz complicates translation.

Narrator: Response from General Porfirio Diaz, President of the Mexican Republic, to a letter from Tomas A. Edison.

Diaz: Chapultepec, August 15, 1909. Mr. Tomas A Edison: In reference to your nice letter from the 8th of july. I also remember with pleasure when I was glad to meet you and your adventourous experiments, making me part of your unbreakable faith in the gracious advance of empirical science. It was right there, at your country, in the first days of lighting in New York. Since then I perceived in you a talented heroe, a hard work winner, the one that later who will disciplinate fire torn from sky by Franklin, to the perpertuate here in earth in your wonderful phonographic equipment the charming voice of loved ones reproducing every rithm, every accent and every modulation of human language. I am grateful to please you because I strongly respect the biggest benefactors of humanity, and you are one of them, because you have created new sources of happiness, well-beingness and richness to human genre using the most powerful known forces: light, electricity, work and genius. Your friend, that with pride shakes your hand, Porfirio Diaz.
Reviewer: forgetme - - March 12, 2005
Subject: Historical Recording
In this recording, Porfirio Diaz (1830-1915; president of Mexico 1876-1880 and 1884-1911) speaks about the invention of gramophone in a speaking letter to Thomas A. Edison. Porfirio Diaz was the last president of Mexico before the revolution, and thus I consider this recording a valuable historical piece.

P.S. Edison does not speak in this recording.

Spanish except:

Narrator: Contestación que el Sr. General Porfirio Díaz, Presidente de la República Mexicana, da a una carta del señor Tomás A. Edison. / Diaz: Chapultepec, agosto 15 de 1909. Sr. Tomás A Edison (estimado y buen amigo): Me refiero a su grata 8 de julio. Yo también como usted recuerdo con placer el tiempo aquel en que tuve la satisfacción de conocerle y conocer sus atrevidos experimentos, haciéndome partícipe de su fe inquebrantable en el gracioso porvenir de la ciencia empírica. Fue allá en su patria, en los primeros días de la luz eléctrica en nueva york, y desde entonces presentí en usted al héroe del talento, al triunfador del trabajo, al que más tarde habría de someter a disciplina el fuego arrebatado por Franklin a los cielos para perpetuar acá en la tierra en sus maravillosos aparatos fonográficos la cariñosa voz de los seres amados reproduciendo todos los ritmos, todos los acentos y todas las modulaciones del lenguaje humano. Me es grato complacerle porque tengo en muy alta estimación a los grandes benefactores de la humanidad, y usted es uno de ellos, porque usted ha creado nuevas fuentes de felicidad, de bienestar y de riqueza para el género humano utilizando las más poderosas fuerzas conocidas: luz, electricidad, trabajo y genio. Su amigo, que con orgullo estrecha su mano, Porfirio Díaz.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - February 28, 2005
Subject: I didn't know Edison Was Bi!!!...lingual..
Spanish recording of the Mexican President and Thomas Edison. Although I don't speak spanish, it sounded like a general introduction of Edison by Diaz, and Edison talks (very fluently I might add!) in Spanish. Pretty interesting artifact.
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